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Insulate Magazine Issue 14 - January 2018

Featuring exclusive articles, standing out from the crowd, NIA conference review, keeping everything moving and Review, Reflect and Reset the new year edition of insulation provides a kick start to 2018...

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Cover Feature Exclusive Insulation Outlook 2018 As we enter 2018, what better time to sit down and speak to some of the insulation industry leading voices to get their view on the events of 2017 and to take a look at what challenges and opportunities they expect from the year ahead? Colin Heath, Managing Editor at Insulate Magazine exclusively spoke to Ann Fisher, Brand Director at SIG, David Travill, Managing Director at Saint-Gobain Isover and Trevor Horsely, the Chief Executive Office of Western Thermal Ltd. Keep Reading... 6

The only independent insulation industry trade magazine An Inside Look at Insulation in 2018 In a few words, how do you see the outlook for the insulation industry in 2018? The insulation market will be resilient in 2018 as a sector influenced by current building regulations yet to be fully implemented by housebuilders, demand for acoustic solutions remaining high in the commercial interiors market, and increased RMI work on facades and cladding projects. However there will be challenges as manufacturing capacity, continental European market demands and upstream supply pressures will continue to impact in 2018 as we have experienced over the last few months. Do you see any changes occurring in the next 12 months, if so, what might they be? There will be increased demands from customers for specified tested products and evidence on compliance of supply and traceability, as an industry we need to ensure we can support customers with that assurance. And what excites you? Taking the market information, supplier and customer feedback and bringing that together to deliver an SIG Distribution Brand and Sales strategy to ensure the Insulation range of products, suppliers and solutions we offer is what the customers and market requires therefore enabling SIG Distribution to continue to lead the market. What areas will you be focussing on as a business in 2018? SIG will be focussing on listening to the customers and suppliers to ensure we get the best offer of systems, products and service into the market. What was your company’s high point for 2017 The SIG Distribution Diamond Ball was one of the year’s highlights with 200 customers and suppliers attending the 60th Anniversary event in London, as part of the event one lucky customer won a fabulous pair of Diamond earrings his wife was delighted!!! What worries you about the year ahead? There is uncertainty over the impact of Brexit, skills shortages and some softness in the market forecasts over construction in the commercial sectors. Ann Fisher – Brand Director Insulation & Drylining SIG Distribution Responsible for the Insulation Sales strategy for SIG Distribution, experienced in both Insulation Manufacturing and Distribution, Ann has worked in the UK and Europe building extensive knowledge of the requirements of being a valued route to market for suppliers and customers. 7